I want you guys to envision something… I am in my kitchen, turning on the oven, then turning back to the stove top, stirring a hot skillet of sauce…asking one daughter to wash lettuce, the other to set the table, while moving around from stove to sink and back, while trying not to step on the 3 year old that likes to act like a cat and rub on my legs while I cook. (he also meows, its legit) This is a typical night of cooking, the best part of this is, during all of that, my husband asks “what is for dinner?”, I inform him of what we are having… and then instantly, I hear… “Sloppy joe, slop, sloppy joe…”. And when he realizes the girls have never heard this ridiculous tune he is singing, (why on earth would they have??) he proceeds to ask Google to play, Adam Sandler’s – Lunchlady Land song! WELCOME to my world! And I now ask, that if you make this delicious meal, please for the love of Adam Sandler and his awesomely ridiculous tunes, play “The Lunchlady Land” while making your family Sloppy Joes! It will not disappoint!
Alright, I will now move on to Sloppy Joes!! My family loves this recipe. It’s quick, easy and during these times when shopping for food can be difficult at best, you really only need 2 main ingredients. Ground beef or turkey, and some type of bun. We didn’t use hamburger buns this time, because there where none, so we used some soft bakery rolls. Which worked perfect! And hopefully you have the rest of the ingredients in your spice cabinet and pantry.
Note: Serve immediately, if you put it the meat mixture on the bun and leave it, it will get soggy.
The Best Sloppy Joes Recipe
- 1 lbs ground beef or turkey
- 8 oz. tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup onion, chopped
- 1 tbsp vinegar
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbsp mustard
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- Hamburger buns
- cheddar cheese, shredded (optional)
- In a large skillet, brown ground beef or turkey. Making sure to get out all the clumps.
- Drain all liquid from meat, and set aside the meat. Draining is crucial to stopping your filling from getting greasy.
- In the same skillet, melt 2 tbsp of butter and sauté the onion over medium high heat until translucent, about 3-5 min.
- Stir in the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 to 7 minutes. The sauce will thicken. As your sauce simmers, it will bubble and start to splatter. Watch for the splatters and turn you heat down if the sauce is making too big of a mess.
- Add the ground beef to the sauce in the skillet and stir until cooked through.
- Butter the inside of your buns and toast them lightly on a griddle or in the oven, slightly. This will help prevent the meat mixture from soaking into the buns.
- Add the filling to your buns in heaping spoonfuls and enjoy!! Top the meat with shredded cheddar cheese if you'd like